Heruka Vajrasattva Tsog

This Heruka Vajrasattva Tsog practice, written by Lama Thubten Yeshe, consists of a series of requesting verses combined with the recitation of the hundred-syllable mantra of Vajrasattva. All are welcome to participate. The yoga method of Heruka Vajrasattva has the power to purify all negative energy, which is the main thing preventing us from actualizing the path to enlightenment. This impure energy creates both physical and mental hindrances, and also leaves certain imprints. When you feel that you cannot meditate—there are too many interruptions, you cannot do anything, you cannot solve your problems—remember that there is something else you can do to remove obstacles to your progress: purification. Combining insight meditation with a powerful purification practice, such as the yoga method of Heruka Vajrasattva, helps ensure that you will gain the realizations you seek without frustration.

This Heruka Vajrasattva practice includes tsog: an offering ceremony that represents assembling all of the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas in a visualization of a sacred dance. Tsog means “gathering” or “assembly,” and in this practice, it is often rendered as “pure offering.” However, the actual tsog is one’s meditation on transcendental, blissful wisdom. The entire purpose of offering tsog is to generate the experience of this blissful wisdom within oneself and to overcome the ordinary appearance and conception of sensory objects. Because the offering of tsog is a profound method for transcending mundane thought, the entire practice assists us in going beyond our ordinary experience of subject and object.

While Heruka Vajrasattva is the highest yoga tantra aspect of Vajrasattva, and those practicing highest yoga tantra normally have a commitment to do a tsog practice twice each month (on the 10th and 25th of the lunar calendar), anyone without an initiation can participate in this particular practice. For those without initiation, you can visualize Heruka Vajrasattva above the crown of your head or in the space front of you. Here is more information about the benefits of the practice.

Important Note

This puja may at times be substituted at the last minute by Lama Tsongkhapa Guru Yoga, or Guru Puja (Lama Chöpa)

This is an online-only event that is administered using Zoom.

After registering, the system automatically sends a confirmation and/or a receipt email that contains the Zoom meeting link and/or other instructions. If you don’t immediately receive the system email(s) or you have any other questions, please contact us at registration@shantidevanyc.org.

*Zoom is an interactive video-conferencing tool that allows participants to see one another and ask questions. You will need a computer, a tablet or a smartphone with the Zoom application to attend. If you are using Zoom for the first time, please login earlier to allow any necessary installations on your device.

Sadhana During Practice

Sadhana and center prayers are usually screen-shared or projected during practice. If the session allows for in-person attendance, you are encouraged to download them onto your device, or to bring a printed copy if preferred.

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Registration / Schedule

Open donation: none, $5, $10, $21, $35, $50, $108

Open donation. All are welcome.

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Prayer Requests

If you would like to request a dedication for yourself or someone else who might benefit from this practice, please email prayers@shantidevanyc.org and provide basic information including the person’s name, city of residence, dedication message, etc. Please provide a 24-hour notice for prayer requests.  

Puja Sponsorship

You are welcome to sponsor all or part of the puja. Full sponsorship is $108. Great merit is created by your contribution of any amount. Sponsorship is processed through registering above, even if you will not be attending the puja. Please make sure to email prayers@shantidevanyc.org with your prayer request. We are grateful for your generosity!

“If someone offers a small flower or rice to a Buddha statue, a stupa or scripture then the benefit extends from then up to Enlightenment. Amazing, amazing. It is said in the sutra Piled Flowers, on top of that benefit, you achieve ultimate happiness – liberation from the causes of delusion and karma and on top of that full Enlightenment – all the realizations and omniscient mind.” —Lama Zopa Rinpoche

About the Puja Leader

Joseph Doucette is a seeker of higher truth. His collegiate studies focused on pre-Socratic and classical Greek philosophy. Two decades ago he began a journey into meditation with mindfulness. Then he “stumbled” upon Mahamudra meditation and ultimately Vajrayana practice. Although his teachings are predominantly from the Gelug tradition, Joseph’s comprehensive knowledge extends to all four schools of Tibetan Buddhism, thanks to his diverse training and empowerments. He aims to share his knowledge and experience with others, fostering a community of practitioners at Brooklyn’s Shantideva Center.